New Delhi: The Union Health Ministry said, on Sunday, a total of 92,043 people have recuperated from COVID-19 in a span of 24 hours, taking India's total recoveries close to 50 lakhs and exceeding the active cases of coronavirus infection by 39,85,225.

The single-day recoveries on an average for the last few days have been more than 90,000, the ministry said underlining, "This high rate of daily recoveries has sustained India's leading global position as the country with the maximum number of recovered cases".

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A total of 92,043 recoveries have been registered in a span of 24 hours in the country, while 88,600 new infections were recorded during the same period.

"Maintaining its upward trend, the national recovery rate presently has risen to 82.46%," the ministry highlighted.

As many as 21 states and UTs have reported higher numbers of new recoveries than the new cases, the ministry said.

A total 76% of the new recovered cases are found in 10 states and UTs --Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Odisha, Delhi Chhattisgarh, Kerala and West Bengal.

Maharashtra continues to top this list.

It has alone contributed more than 23,000 followed by Andhra Pradesh with more than 9,000 cases, the ministry said.

As India records more recoveries than the new cases, the gap between the recovered cases and active cases is nearly 40 lakh (39,85,225).

"The number of active patients has been below 10 lakh for several successive days. The active caseload is merely 15.96% of the total caseload," the ministry said.